There is neither real promotion of the common good nor real human development when there is ignorance of the fundamental pillars that govern a nation, its non-material goods: life, which is a gift of God, a value always to be protected and promoted; the family, the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation; integral education, which cannot be reduced to the mere transmission of information for purposes of generating profit; health, which must seek the integral well-being of the person, including the spiritual dimension, essential for human balance and healthy coexistence; security, in the conviction that violence can be overcome only by changing human hearts.
To me, that's it. Essentially, it depends on the individual and the conversion of the individual. Few people seem to know that when the Spanish friars arrived in what is now the US and preached to the Indians, conversion was voluntary. If they didn't convert, they could sign treaties with the Spanish government.
Individuals other than the royal family or leader were not important in indigenous groups, but once he or she converted, the entire tribe would come in. However, even then, even the most humble were taught (and evaluated!) by the Franciscans.
We need that again. We are in a desperate moral swamp, and it has nothing to do with economics.
posted on 07/25/2013 6:45:39 PM PDT
To: livius; markomalley
The culture of selfishness and individualism that often prevails in our society is not what builds up and leads to a more habitable world: it is the culture of solidarity that does so, seeing others not as rivals or statistics, but brothers and sisters.
It seems we're all seeing the same points. What he's calling for is individual action based on individual conversion to Christ, because nothing else is worthy of God's beloved sons and daughters.
posted on 07/26/2013 2:54:24 AM PDT
("Thomas will explain everything.")
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